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Description - The Rise And Fall Of The Woman Of Letters by Norma Clarke

In the mid-eighteenth-century, the achievements of cultivated, literary women - as poets, critics, dramatists, scholars and polemicists - were widely celebrated. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, however, they had all but disappeared. Following a chronological line from the beginning of the 18th centur to the end, The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters is a study of Elizabeth Singer Rowe, Elizabeth Carter, Hester Chapone, Mrs Mantgu, Anna Seward and Joanna Baillie and other women who took on the role of public writers in the age of rapidly evolving print culture. Precocious, witty, learned and confident, the 18th centyr woman of letters was a cultural figure who was invited to think and speak with authority. Her voice was listened to on equal terms with men and she derived her confidence from the approval of a culture undergoing dramatic social and political change. By the turn of the century, however, definitions of feminity had changed and despite huge advancements in the publishing industry, the type of literary woman sanctioned then and mythologised in our own times, was secretive and troubled about daring to write, publishing mostly fiction and poetry - inte

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780712664677
ISBN-10: 071266467X
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 153mm x 29mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Pimlico
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Norma Clarke

Educated at the Universities of Lancaster, London, and Kent, Norma Clarke is a Research Fellow in the English Department, Kingston University, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the History Department, Royal Holloway College, University of London. She is the author of five novels for children, numerous articles and several books, including Ambitious Heights (1990) and, with Helen Weinstein, Spinning with the Brain (1996).

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